‘Avoid passive voice.’ That must be one of the most common pieces of grammar advice. And one of the most valuable ever. So, how terrible would it be if you had to ask, ‘But what is passive voice’, and no one had a simple answer? That’s what I’m here to provide today. … [Read more...] about What is passive voice?
And I thought writing a blog about further and farther would be easy! Or at least somewhat straightforward. Instead, Merriam-Webster.com is able to spend eleven paragraphs explaining that pair of words and then conclude with this: ‘If you come across a situation which the … [Read more...] about ‘Further’ vs ‘Farther’ as simply as possible
If I was you, I’d keep reading. Wait, though … shouldn’t it be “were”? If I were you, I’d keep reading. But is that really correct? Which is it? … [Read more...] about “If I was” or “if I were”? Simple methods for choosing the right one every time
Is it you and I or me and you? Do you, like me, dread getting that wrong at the wrong moment? Oh the embarrassment! Thankfully, there’s an easy recipe for getting it right. … [Read more...] about MicroBlog 4: ‘You and I’ or ‘you and me’? A simple way to know
Who doesn’t love an adrenaline-pumping chase sequence? From Mission Impossible and Jason Bourne, to Star Wars and Indiana Jones, there’s no shortage of grand pursuits to revel in. During last month’s NaNoWriMo, I particularly enjoyed writing a couple of chase sequences for my … [Read more...] about MicroBlog 3: If your sentence starts with an ‘-ing’ word, don’t make this mistake!